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Body-worn cameras for police accountability: Opportunities and risks

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

The use of body-worn cameras by police forces around the world is spreading quickly. Theresulting mobile and ubiquitous surveillance is often marketed as an instrument for accountabilityand an effective way of reducing violence, discrimination or corruption. It alsoinvolves remarkable potential for intrusion into the privacy of both individuals and policeagents. We analyse the deployment of police body-worn cameras in five countries, investigatetheir suitability as an accountability tool given the associated privacy threats, anddiscuss the societal impact of their deployment as well as the risk of function creep.
Journal: Computer Law and Security Report
ISSN: 0267-3649
Issue: 6
Volume: 31
Pages: 749 - 762
Publication year:2015